Criticisms over voters register figures too early – Obiri Boahen

The Deputy General Secretary for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Obiri-Boahen, says it is too early to criticize the Electoral Commission (EC) over figures in the just ended voter registration exercise.
The Electoral Commission says it had compiled a biometric data of 16,663,669 Ghanaians who registered for the voter register in the just ended exercise.
These were the figures provided by the commission as those recorded as of August 6, 2020, ahead of the December 7 polls.
Interacting with the media at the eighth edition of the ‘Let the Citizen Know’ series on Friday, August 7, Dr Asare said; “As at 6th August, 2020 the Commission had registered a total of 16,663,669 nationwide. Since the last briefing, the four top regions have maintained their positions. The Greater Accra region has especially lost some grounds in percentage terms from 21.34 % to 20.8% of the total registered. The Ashanti region also reduced marginally by 0.1% to its current 17.9%.”
“This is not surprising because a number of the people had been captured by our officials before the final phase of the registration began. Also, for the first time in the exercise, the Ashanti region has registered slightly more in this phase than the routine leader, the Greater Accra region,” he added.
After the EC released the figures, some critics have argued that but for voter suppression by the political parties in some regions, the figures would have been more than what was recorded.
Speaking in Atinka FM’s AM Drive, Nana Obiri-Boahen, said it’s too early to criticize the EC’s figures.
 
Ghana | Atinkaonline.com | Vivian Adu Boatemaa

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